POLE GREEN PARK CROSS COUNTRY COURSE
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Pole Green Park
Cross Country Course
8996 Pole Green Park Lane
Mechanicsville, VA 23116
Pole Green Park is located about four miles northeast of Interstate 295 which provides quick, easy access to the facility. Located behind Pole Green Elementary School the park is only ~10 miles from the Richmond International Airport.
This 232-acre park opened in the fall of 1998. Amenities at this park include multiple cross country course designs, softball fields, soccer fields/football fields, a skate park, tot-lots and playgrounds, a concession building with restrooms, running/walking trails, picnic shelter, community center, a horse ring with stable area, sand volleyball courts and horseshoe pits. Most field events are out in the open, so in the summer months, bring your own umbrellas for shelter.
For the first time in history the USATF National Cross Country Championships (Open, U20 and Masters) will be held in Virginia in 2023 and 2024 as part of the Richmond Cross Country Festival. The U.S. Championships, which date back nearly 140 years to 1883, will bring Olympian's and our nation's best distance running stars to the Pole Green Park Course. The park also hosts the annual Hanover Tomato Festival (attracts roughly 30,000 visitors annually), as well as many county events and youth sports tournaments.
The cross country facility has also served as the host site for the 2008 USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships, the 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2020 Atlantic 10 Conference Championships, 2019 and 2020 NIRCA National Cross Country Championships, 2021 NJCAA National Cross Country Championships, 2008-2020 USATF-Virginia Junior Olympic Championships, 2014-2019 USATF-Virginia Association Cross Country Championships, 2014-2020 Pole Green Park 5K Run/Walk, Milestat.com HS Invitational, RVA Relays (Night Relay Event), 2014 and 2015 Cross Country Only National Invitational and countless other events including high school district, regional and state championships.
Hanover County Parks and Recreation maintain this course at the highest level. They groom the course weekly (March-November) making the Pole Green Park XC Course one of the very-best venues in the state of Virginia, if not the Eastern U.S. Extremely well maintained and groomed, this smooth, 100% grass/dirt surface has zero paved roads or sidewalk crossings on the lower course and the new 2K loop course (Designed 2020).
Upper Course Description:
The upper course includes very spectator-friendly, European-style grass loops running along the perimeter of the upper fields within the west side (back area) of Pole Green Park. The terrain on the upper loops is primarily flat and provides for a fast surface where spikes are highly recommended. From the start line it is ~500M to the first turn on the course. The average width of the course is 12 meters/40 feet. The start line will hold 400+ runners. The entire course is highly visible and extremely spectator friendly with handicap accessible parking within 30 meters of the start line. The upper course has 2K, 3K, 5K, 6K, 8K and 10K layouts.
Lower Course Description:
The lower course runs over mostly the same area as the upper course for the first mile, before heading east into a series of trails (roughly 10 feet wide) with several rolling hills and a couple steep ascents and descents within the wooded area of Pole Green Park. True cross country covering hill and dale, this course will test your ability to find rythm. From the start line it is ~500M to the first turn on the course. The average width of the course is 12 meters/40 feet over the 1st and 3rd miles, with the 2nd mile getting narrow in some places (under 10 feet in width). The start line will hold 400+ runners. Also spectator friendly and handicap accessible over the 1st and last miles of the course.
Aerial View of Pole Green Park Link (View area of XC Course at 1:55 into video…Cell tower in background is ~500M into race start)
There are lots of parking spaces available next to the start/finish area. Also, easy access for buses, vans and cars with places to park and turn around.
MAJOR EVENTS HOSTED/TO BE HOSTED:
January 20, 2024 - USATF National Cross Country Championships
January 21, 2023 - USATF National Cross Country Championships
October 29, 2022 - Atlantic 10 Conference Championship
November 13, 2021- NJCAA D1 & D2 National Cross Country Championships
March 3, 2021- Atlantic 10 Conference Championship (Postponed until Spring 2021 due to COVID)
November 7, 2020- NIRCA National Cross Country Championships (Postponed due to COVID)
November 9, 2019- NIRCA National Cross Country Championships
October 27, 2018- Atlantic 10 Conference Championship
September 1, 2018- Pole Green Park 5K/USATF-Virginia Association Championship
November 18, 2017- USATF-Virginia Jr Olympics Championship
September 2, 2017- Pole Green Park 5K/USATF-Virginia Association Championship
October 29, 2016- Atlantic 10 Conference Championship
September 3, 2016- Pole Green Park 5K/USATF-Virginia Association Championship
October 31, 2015- Atlantic 10 Conference Championship
October 17, 2015- Cross Country Only National Invitational
September 5, 2015- USATF-Virginia Association Championship
October 17, 2014- Cross Country Only National Invitational
August 29, 2014- USATF-Virginia Association Championship
November 2, 2013- Atlantic 10 Conference Championship
November, 2008- USATF Jr Olympics National Championship
2015 through 2021- MileStat.com XC Invitational
2003 through 2020- USATF-Virginia Jr Olympics Championship
2003 through 2021- Countless HS meets including Regional and District Championships
Directions to Pole Green Park
Address: 8996 Pole Green Park Ln, Mechanicsville, VA 2311
From the East? Take I-64 Westbound to I-295 Northbound. Follow I-295 Northbound to exit 38-A (Pole Green Road). Travel Eastbound on Pole Green Road for approx. 3.9 miles. Pole Green Park will be on the left. Follow the road back to course.
From the West? Take I-64 Eastbound to I-295 Southbound. Follow I-295 Southbound to exit 38-A (Pole Green Road). Travel Eastbound on Pole Green Road for approx. 3.9 miles. Pole Green Park will be on the left. Follow the road back to course.
From the North? Take I-95 South bound to I-295 Southbound. Follow I-295 Southbound to exit 38-A (Pole Green Road). Travel Eastbound on Pole Green Road for approx. 3.9 miles. Pole Green Park will be on the left. Follow the road back to course.
From the South? Take I-95 Northbound to I-295 Southbound. Follow I-295 Southbound to exit 38-A (Pole Green Road). Travel Eastbound on Pole Green Road for approx. 3.9 miles. Pole Green Park will be on the left. Follow the road back to course.